Meta is set to launch the highly anticipated Meta Quest 3, their latest virtual reality headset, next week. This cutting-edge device promises significant advancements from the popular Meta Quest 2 and was unveiled at the Meta Connect event following a teaser announcement in June ahead of Apple’s own mixed-reality debut with the Apple Vision Pro headset.
The Meta Quest 3 distinguishes itself through a range of enhancements including high-resolution pancake lenses, full-color video passthrough, upgraded speakers, advanced controllers without tracking rings and a speedier Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chipset. Notably, the device’s standout feature is its full-color mixed-reality passthrough that enables users to seamlessly blend virtual elements with their real-world surroundings.
The Meta Quest 3 is gearing up for its official launch on October 10. Pre-orders are currently open. It offers two storage options: a 128GB version and a more capacious 512GB model, both of which include a complimentary copy of Asgard’s Wrath 2, scheduled for release in December. However, these enhancements come with a higher price tag compared to its predecessor, the Meta Quest 2. The 128GB model is priced at £479.99, while the 512GB version costs £619.99. Opting for the latter also includes a six-month trial of Meta Quest+, featuring two free monthly games and discounts on store purchases.
The Meta Quest 3 is powered by a Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 processor with 8GB of RAM, offering double the graphics performance and sporting two 120Hz LCD displays with improved optics. It features Enhanced Touch Plus controllers with haptic feedback, hand tracking, and finger interaction for an enhanced immersive experience.